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The Tet offensive was certainly the decisive campaign of the war but lost in these set of battles was the real underlying reason why the grossly underestimated NLF and North Vietnamese army could actually succeed in this undermanned set of attacks I think the real success of this campaign was not the effectiveness and the planning of the NLF and NV army but the lack of preparation of the US forces The NLF and NV army have received too much credit on this suicide mission The credit should actually be on the blundering groundwork of the US and how they did not realize from Vietnamese history the vicious repercussions of backing the strong people of Vietnam into a cornerIgnorance is perhaps the single most effective way to lose a war perhaps demonstrated in our own revolutionary war A quick glance into the history of Vietnam and one would know that this enemy is not to be taken lightly They have faced amazing odds and great opposition throughout their history defeating countries like China on multiple occasions France and numerous other Indonesian countries War is etched in many if not most of the pages in Vietnams historyIn early 1968 General Westmoreland perceived the end of the war to be arriving soon and the US walking out the victor He stated that The friendly picture gives rise to optimism for increased successes in 1968 Gettleman 1995 339 That was perhaps the summation of why the US lost the Vietnam War One might question however if the US really just ignored the Vietnamese or the Tet offensive was a superior operation with flawless execution The execution was far from flawless The NLF-NV army had to be well equipped to make this attack effective Supplies for 84000 troops could not be moved into major cities without notice On quite a few occasions munitions and rations were found in cargo containers These hints of an operation were ignored by the
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